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Blossoming in Korea

Photos taken by contributor PJ Brez, a 28-year-old man who lives in the South Korean countryside. He has experienced depression, loneliness, homesickness, and feelings of isolation. He teaches English conversation at a university in Korea, but photography is his passion.

About these photos: “When the cherry blossoms arrive in springtime Korea, folks flock out to gawk at them. And rightly so, these budding trees are quite beautiful. I recall this past spring thinking about why so much attention is given to the cherry blossom over other flowers. After all, most people don’t seem to rush out their doors, cameras in tote, to gaze at daisies, daffodils, azaleas, or gardenias. 

I concluded that the reason why most seem to be especially drawn to cherry blossoms is due to their brevity. They come, are beautiful and fragrant, and then they wilt and wither and are gone within a week. Their time to shine is so fleeting, so we all want to go out and enjoy them while we can. These particular photos were captured with a Canon AE-1 coupled with a Canon 15mm fisheye lens on Kodak Portra 160 film. 

I find that I live life without giving too much thought about tomorrow. This is good and bad. On the plus side, I don’t stress much. On the down side, I sometimes find that I’m not living up to my potential. I could go more, do more, be more. The cherry blossom reminds me that life is finite. Instead of piddling away my days, not appreciating all those beautiful daisies and daffodiles, I should be cherishing all things, all moments, all encounters.


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12 comments on “Blossoming in Korea

  1. lemanshots
    September 30, 2013

    Gefällt mir ganz besonders! 🙂


  2. Marso
    September 30, 2013

    lovely shared curve


  3. Emma Lewis
    September 30, 2013

    It is the same in Japan, where I used to live. Cherry blossom symbolized the evanescence of life – fleeting and short… But incredibly beautiful while it lasts.


  4. saturn1ascends
    September 30, 2013

    Reblogged this on saturn1ascends.


  5. ambassarnovi
    October 1, 2013

    Reblogged this on ambassadornovi.


  6. maureenjenner
    October 1, 2013

    Rare moments of beauty bring such joy to the beholder.


  7. vikram9217
    October 1, 2013

    beauty defined


  8. Paula McLane Jennings
    October 1, 2013

    beautiful photos. Cherry blossoms are beautiful and I think you are right…there is much made of them because of their short lifespan. It is good that you don’t stress much – anxiety is awful and I relate to the not living up to potential because often my depression/ansiety/stress truly get in the way or I suppose I should say I allow it to get in the way of meeting my potential. Art is SO important in that.


  9. gabbie20132013
    October 2, 2013

    Reblogged this on Gabbie Blog.


  10. ladyfi
    October 3, 2013

    That’s lovely.


  11. uEDGE
    October 6, 2013

    Nice photos! Cherry blossoms are a sight to behold.


  12. Lily La
    October 9, 2013

    Love these photos! cant wait for spring to come around again to see them.


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